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How can you increase the recycling of your flexible packaging? Would a demand for recycled-content material in new flexible packages help? Jeff Wooster, global sustainability director at The Dow Chemical Co., weighs in on the idea.

On Fri., Mar. 3, Wooster spoke about flexible packaging recycling at the 2017 Flexible Packaging Assn. annual meeting, giving an update of where the industry currently is and what projects are in the works. He outlined five potential solutions to increase the recycling of flexible packaging:

1. Creative Designs—to make more flexible packages easily recyclable.

2. Increased Collection— to get more materials back into the system.

3. Better Sorting—to allow separation at scale.

4. More End Uses—to maximize the value of collected materials.

5. New Technologies—for mechanical and feedstock recycling.

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